Who Is Derry?

Who Is Derry?

As a Freshman in college, a youth pastor gave me an opportunity to do an internship at a church in the community where I was born and raised. I started that internship in the Fall of my Sophomore year, 1996. It’s 21 years later, and I’m still on staff at that same church.

My name is Derry Prenkert, and this is My Third Decade.

I am the Student Ministries Pastor of Nappanee Missionary Church in Nappanee, Indiana.  I married my college sweetheart in 2000. We have 4 kids (2 boys and 2 girls). I love the Chicago Cubs, the Indianapolis Colts, U2, and podcasts that tell a good story. I am obsessed with Disney Parks.

As I headed into my third decade of ministry at the same church (the only church I’ve ever served), I was starting to wonder if my heart was shifting away from Student Ministry. In reality, it has simply grown. More than ever, I want to see students grab on to a faith the will last beyond the teen years, and I’m burdened to come alongside the youth workers and parents who are crazy enough to believe we can impact a generation for Jesus.

I don’t claim to have it all figured out, but I do have a story of God’s faithfulness that has resulted in longevity in a ministry world that is marked by turnover, burnout and “moving up.” If you are up for listening to the story of an imperfect dude and some of his amazing friends he’s met along the way, you just might learn some things that could benefit your own ministry world and set you up to measure your ministry beyond months or years; but instead by decades!

 

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